Temple Learning Academy, Leeds

Welcome to the Temple Learning Academy project website. Find out all you need to know about our development of the brand new permanent home for the Temple Learning Academy.

A brand new permanent home for Temple learning

We have been awarded a project to transform a disused leisure centre into a new free school in East Leeds as part of the EFA Framework. The former East Leeds Leisure Centre site will become the new permanent home for the Temple Learning Academy. The Academy opened at the start of the academic year in autumn 2015 in temporary accommodation as a through-school for 1,020 students aged 4-16 years.

We have already carried out a refurbishment project to convert offices adjoining the leisure centre into classroom accommodation, including provision of a new dining hall and toilets, as well as construction of a new external play area. This is now fully operational for the school’s first intake of reception aged children, and planning has now been secured for the main school building.

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Aims of the project

Temple Learning Academy is at the heart of its community and holds the community in its heart. It works in partnership with the established Temple Learning Partnership (TNLP) Trust, A Co-operative. The academy opened in September 2015 to 50 Reception Learners.

In September 2016 it hopes to welcome a further 60 and plans to grow quite rapidly over the coming years. In a community where other facilities are disappearing it plans to be at the heart still working for change and developing that culture and ambition in everyone. It is supported not only by the TNLP Trust but also by a team of skilled Governors.

Keeping the volume down

We are committed to minimising disruption in the area as much as possible and so have set up a temporary site car park for operatives and site visitors within the site boundary.

We will avoid deliveries arriving before 7.30am and after 5.30pm. School drop off and collection times will also be avoided to minimise congestion. We have formed an entrance that allows vehicles to pull off the road and into our holding area, where a Gateman is employed to monitor vehicle movements and access to and from site.

Site working times will be between 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 7.30 – 1.00pm on Saturdays if required.

There may be rare exceptions to this for specific operations which we will ensure that local residents are given prior notice of.

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Temple Academy Leeds

Want to get involved?

We are keen to maximise the benefits to the local area during our time on site and plan to engage the labour force, school pupils and staff, and the community on this project as much as possible.

  • Local project labour
    A sizeable percentage of the materials and workforce required to deliver this scheme will be procured locally, either directly or via sub-contractors 
  • Learning opportunities
    We have committed to creating a number of apprenticeships and training opportunities on this project and will work with partner agencies to facilitate this
  • Project milestones
    We are keen to involve the school in the construction process as much as possible and will be marking key project milestones with pupils and teaching staff along with hosting site visits so that they feel part of the development. Read more about these milestones in the project blog.

Proud to be part of the Considerate Contractors Scheme

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image. As part of this, we are registered with the Scheme and will be monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond the norm. We place a high value on maintaining good relationships with neighbours, and as we are going to be part of the community for a period of time, we will provide updates on site progress regularly via this website.

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Get in touch

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the project, or if you wish to discuss potential training opportunities.

Our site office is based adjacent to the roundabout on Neville Road and our Senior Site Manager is James Fryer: james.fryer@isgplc.com